To grasp the history of Belgrade, one of the main sights you ought to explore is the Mausoleum of leader Josip Broz Tito, known as the House of flowers. You will learn a lot about the Marshall and, you will be visiting one of Belgrade's most beautiful locations.
The charismatic leader
Located inside the same premises of the Museum of Yugoslavia the house of flowers holds Tito's grave and his wife's Jovanka, as well as several displays illustrating the story behind this charismatic man, who was adored by many and who led the communist movement like none of his counterparts did.
Such was his popularity that when he died in 1980, more than 200 statesmen of 127 countries around the world and 700,000 attended his funeral held right here in the house of flowers.
The mausoleum opened to the public in 1982 and, since then over 17 million people have visited the facility.
Tito's winter garden
The house of flowers was designed by architect Stephen Kral as Tito's winter garden. It covers an area of 902 m2 and is located close to Tito's old residence. On the opposite of the main entrance, you will find a terrace offering spectacular views of the city of Belgrade.
The winter garden was a place intended for work and relaxation with a fountain located in the center surrounded by flowers. Tito spent the three last years of his life living there. When he died in 1980, the house was restored as resting place for Tito.
A big white marble mausoleum overlooking the skylight with Tito's name and dates framed in gold replaced the old fountain.
The grave was guarded by Yugoslavia's National Army until 1992 when the country split up.
Take a glimpse into Tito's life by exploring the exhibits offered at the mausoleum.
Discover a timeline with the history of his leadership with photos and details of his governance; a small replica of the Blue Train that Tito used to travel on; the uniforms he used; gifts and letters from the people of Yugoslavia.
The most interesting display, however, is about Tito's personal life, displaying items that represent what things he liked and did aside of governing.
The art curators in charge of the display where inspired by museumgoers' questions on what were they curious to know about the leader.
Elsewhere, find a vast collection of batons with various designs that took part of the Relay of Youth – an annual celebration where one of these batons would travel from town to town and then to Tito on the day of his birthday.
This festivity had the aim of uniting socialist Yugoslavia and challenging the Yugoslav youth. It was part of promoting the motto of brotherhood and unity and, the adoration for the leader.
The museum of Yugoslavia contains around 22,000 batons in their archives. The ones you will find on display were hand-picked by the curators for its different particularities.
Good to know
The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. The entrance ticket is included with the Museum of Yugoslavia.